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The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement after one Year: Killing of Arman Luni
In yet another instance of the state-directed intimidation, the death of a senior Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) activist Arman Loni on 2nd February has sparked protests across Pakistan's Pashtun belt.
Afghanistan’s Landlocked Trap
Pakistan’s denial of the air passage to the Indian cargo flights bound to Afghanistan comes as a major impediment in enhancing the regional connectivity of landlocked Afghanistan.1 In September 2018, Spice Jet has signed up a contract with Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AICC) to run cargo operations between Delhi and Kabul.
West Asia Round Up, January 2019
Pakistan PM Imran Khan regains in the GCC On 6 January 2019, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid a one day visit to Pakistan. The Crown Prince was personally received by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The relationship witnessed a dip after Pakistan Parliament in April 2015 recommended to then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to maintain a neutral stance during the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen against the Houthis.
दक्षिण चीन सागर में 2019 में होने वाले घटनाक्रम का अनुमान
यदि 2019 की बात करें तो दक्षिण चीन सागर सुलगते हुए पलीते की तरह है, जो बिना चेतावनी के किसी भी समय फट सकता है और आग लग सकती है। चीन और अमेरिका के बीच बयानबाजी इतनी बढ़ चुकी है कि हिंसक नौसैनिक टकराव को रोकना ही अमेरिका और चीन के रक्षा मंत्रियों के बीच होने वाली चर्चा का मुख्य विषय बन चुका है। अमेरिकी रक्षा मंत्री जेम्स मैटिस के इस्तीफे के बाद रुख और भी कड़ा हो सकता है।
Pakistan-US Relationship under Donald Trump
Pakistan-US relations from 2017 provides an opportunity to understand the symbiotic relationship between these two countries. This article looks at the major developments under President Trump in order to analyse the interdependent bilateral relationship between the USA and Pakistan. Withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan will serve as a lens to understand the interdependence of these two nations.
Mike Pompeo’s trip to West Asia
Between 8 and 15 January 2019, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo undertook an eight country visit to Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and an unplanned trip to Iraq. The trip to Kuwait was cancelled because of family emergency.
Afghan Talks - Talking Peace without the People?
Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, tweeted at the end of six-day long peace talks with Taliban in Qatar that discussions have made “significant progress”. According to the media reports, the two sides have made substantial advancement on vital issues to end the 17-year old Afghan conflict.
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
March 11, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-28 February, 2019

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International Development
March 20, 2019
VIF News Digest: International Developments (Africa), 11-17 March, 2019

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Neighbourhood News
March 20, 2019
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: 20th March, 2019

PAKISTAN Pakistan can face ‘super flood’ this year, NA body told: Dawn March 20, 2019 Pakistan could face a ‘major’ to ‘...

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